For Immediate Release
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Bush Administration Works for Big Oil, Not for American People
WASHINGTON - Today, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, issued the following statement after the Department of Interior General released a report regarding the alleged illicit behavior of federal employees of the Minerals Management Service.
"The report released today is emblematic of the Bush Administration habit of working for the benefit of big oil companies and corporations and forgetting about the middle and working class in the country.
"Instead of working hard to defend the interests of the American taxpayers, the Minerals Management Service under President Bush has a culture of corruption which employees used to benefit themselves and the industry they are supposed to watchdog.
"This summer Americans have had to suffer through excessive prices at the gas pump and are being mislead that the only energy solution is drilling in places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one the last remaining pristine places in our world. The Administration is pushing for this drilling, but the evidence presented in the Inspector General's report shows how this Administration is in the oil companies' pocketbook and can't be trusted to make objective decisions where the oil industry in concerned.
"Instead of defending working Americans, this Administration has allowed companies to avoid paying royalties for the oil and gas they extract from public land and waters.
"This report clarifies where this Administration's solution on energy is biased. It is my hope that with this clarity we can start working on an energy plan that is for Americans and not oil companies."
Attached is a letter from the Office of the Inspector General to Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.